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Topic: OT: Cast Iron Cookware (from "Roasting smoke and (17 msgs / 371 lines)
1) From: DeCambre.Peter
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2) From: Yakster
My Wife was collecting, we kept liter bottles of cola simply for rust
removal, but the radiant electric cooktop killed the use of these.
-Chris
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3) From: Lynne
Bob, I love cast iron - I guess mine could qualify as ancient... until I the
one I used for years actually broke in half! Never saw that happen, before
or since, lol.
Now that I finally have a gas stove in this apt., I don't use it all that
much - but mostly because I'm not cooking as much as usual. Even my holiday
baking is less than other years (trying to make it all less stressful - and
I end up in too much pain). Still, there is nothing like good ol' cast iron
- and I'm jealous about your waffle iron. ;-) Make sure you tell us how it
turns out!
(btw, pizza cooked in a cast iron pan is as good or better than a stone!)
Lynne
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4) From: Sheila Quinn
Wow, Lynne, you must be muscle woman if you can break a cast iron pan in 
half! I'd never want to be on YOUR bad side. ;)
Sheila
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5) From: Ken Schillinger
"Anybody else on the list in love with ancient cast-iron?"
  Bob
I have used, and still have a few cast iron pieces of cookware that are used 
regularly. The one piece I will not part with is a plain skillet measuring 
9" across the bottom. This skillet came from one of my grandparents (which 
one I have no idea). It's sole purpose in life for the last thirty five or 
forty years has been to bake cornbread in the oven which I do on a nearly 
weekly basis. I started out seasoning the pan with bacon grease/lard, then 
as the years rolled around I switched to a liquid shortening, and now I give 
it a light shot of Pam cooking spray, put it in a cold oven set to 400 
degrees, then I light the oven. By the time the oven (and pan) is up to 
temp, I have the batter ready to pour into the pan and bake. There is no 
cornbread quite like that which is baked in a properly seasoned cast iron 
skillet. It comes out easily with a nice crisp bottom and is perfectly moist 
in the center. The pan requires nothing more than a quick wipe with a paper 
towel.
Ken.
Going back for a third cuppa Chiapas brewed in a FP.
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6) From: Darliene Stanhope
I love cast iron cookware.  I have several pieces that get daily use.  All
of my pieces are older than I am and are inherited from my great
grandparents and grandparents.  I do have one dutch oven that was my great
great grandmothers and there is nothing like a pot of peas and butter beans
cooked in that pot.  My great great grandmother died at 98 and was totally
blind when I was born so I know the dutch oven is way older than I am.  My
mother remembers her using it when she was a small child and my mother is in
her mid 60s.  That dutch oven is on the list of top ten things to grab in
case of fire, or emergency right behind my 3 cats, it even beats out my
vintage Nikon camera.
Darliene
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7) From: Starfinder Stanley
I actually split a cast iron skillet in half once too, in college ---heated
it up too hot and then poured something cold into it ----BAM!  Almost gave
myself a heart attack.  Ah, differential expansion and contraction ---not a
good idea, in retropect.  Oops.
I find that beef tallow seasons cast iron wonderfully.
I love the idea of heirloom pans.  So different from the modern, disposable
mentality.
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8) From: Lynne
I can't remember what caused it - I bet it was cold water when it was hot,
though.
That pan got a lot of use - and I gave myself good training in the art of
cooking failures w/that pan.
Hate this disposable mentality today.
Speaking of cooking.. I have to get back to the biscotti in my oven before
they burn!
Lynne
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9) From: Dave Huddle
I have one 9'" cast iron skillet.    My ex and I bought it in 1961.
She left, the skillet stayed with me!
It sits on the gas stove and gets used often.
Dave
On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 1:18 PM, Bob Hazen  wrote:
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e more I use newer stuff, the more I like my old cast-iron. †Egads, I've =
spent a bundle on cookware over the years, and most of it sits unused - oth=
er than my cast-iron. †There's something gratifying about rescuing an old=
 piece destined the scrap heap and putting it to work. †The simplicity of=
 a gas stove and cast-iron just works for me. †Right now, I'm looking for=
ward to the arrival of a century-old waffle iron I scored on ePay. †I'm a=
nticipating my electric waffle-iron will be relegated to "shelf weight" sta=
tus.
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10) From: raymanowen
"I have to get back to the biscotti in my oven before they burn!"
Not to worry- where is your oven? I'll keep an eye on it for you!
We used to have an electric waffle griddle when I was the de facto wall
grinder operator. The griddle platens were cast iron. We saved lard for the
war, but Mom kept a little glass custard cup of it in the fridge. Some was
melted and brushed on the cast iron utensils after each use, including the
waffle iron. I guess steel wool was the spatula of the day.
Now, I have to take a second look at a Belgian waffle griddle I saw
recently...
Cheers, Mabuhay, Iechyd da, und angenehme Feiertag WŁnschen  -RayO, aka O=
pa!
Don't persist in old ways; behold new results - Evade Insanity...
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11) From: Darliene Stanhope
The dutch oven will be used to cook peas and butter beans as part of our
Christmas celebration.  Nothing like using something that old to cook
something that you grew this past summer, makes them taste all the better.
I use bacon grease to season my pans.
Darliene
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12) From: Allon Stern
On Dec 25, 2009, at 11:03 PM, Alchemist John wrote:
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Cast iron pipe?
Since much of cast iron pipe is used for wastewater, I doubt I'd consider it to be food grade....
On the other hand, you COULD cast your own....an ex roommate of mine used to do his own bronze castings, as well as aluminum, etc (he's an amateur blacksmith and knifemaker). Could be a fun project :)
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13) From: Lynne
Since I roast manually, stove top, I had to try roasting in a cast iron pan.
I know some people use cast iron, but for me, it was very unreliable. It
retained too much heat to be able to adjust the level of heat as I went
along (I remember that I wrote a post about it, and Sweet Maria's even wrote
verifying that cast iron isn't the best of mediums to use.
Right now, I'm finding that aluminum is the best (I don't have worries about
using aluminum - I *would* if I had something that was going to sit & absorb
the aluminum - like my mom used to do with her aluminum pan she used for
spaghetti sauce - aka, 'gravy' to my Sicilian side...)
My main problem right now is the need for a much larger/wider wooden spatula
to stir the beans. I bought larger aluminum pan to roast more at each time,
but the resulting roasts are not as even as w/my little pan. Think it's
because the spatula can't turn the greens as thoroughly because of the
size...
Anyway, I'm rambling here (as usual). Just wanted to throw in my 2 cents
about cast iron for roasting coffee...
Lynne
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14) From: peterz
John,
Once I had a drum like you want. It was a remnant of one of those 
machine shops where all the machines were run by a shaft that ran the 
length of the building, and then by huge flat belts to drive each piece. 
It was a drum shaped pulley about 12'' long and 8" in diameter if I 
remember, solid on the ends but hollow.
Seems like I made a brush shredder out of it at the time.
Who knew? But that's a story for another venue.
PeterZ,
here in LHC,
where the temp outside is now 62F...
Brrrrrrr...
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15) From: Ryan M. Ward
Peter, you signed your email- "From LHC" do you mean the Large Hadron Collider? If so, which experiment are you on? I have done some work with the Alice experiment(specifically the Offline team), but have not been to CERN in over a year, how are things there?
Ryan M. Ward
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16) From: John Mac
LHC= Lake Havasu City judging by the outside temp.
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17) From: peterz
Hi Ryan,
Gosh no, I am no where near smart enough to work on that collider. I am 
just a retired network/computer techie living here in Lake Havasu City, 
AZ with a somewhat average IQ.
My fun these days is roasting coffee, selling books, and trying to clean 
enough space in my garage so I can work on building coffee roasters. I 
started off with electric popcorn poppers, 'graduated' to popperies, and 
have slowly been increasing the size of my roasters to be able to roast 
a Kg or more.
My 'garage full' problem comes from collecting bits and pieces for my 
next roaster as I have not decided to stick with plain old electricity, 
add a gas burner to that method, or just switch to propane. Somehow I 
think I need LOTS of parts to choose from. Meanwhile I am happily 
roasting 600 - 650 grams at a time, which lasts me just over a week. It 
is great to taste how the coffee changes day to day over that time. 
Always just wonderful.
Oh yes, I forgot to say that I have collected lots of different ways to 
brew coffee, including several espresso machines, cheap ones, that work 
sort of ok, vac pots, french presses etc, that all help fill the nooks 
and crannies out there.
Happy new year to all.
PeterZ
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